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BC nurse reprimanded for diverting narcotics from patients for self-use while off duty

A BC nurse has been disciplined for diverting narcotics from patients for self-use while off duty.

A consent agreement between the BC College of Nurses and Midwives and an unnamed registered nurse was approved by an inquiry committee on Feb. 2.

According to the agreement, the issue arose in November 2021.

The nurse was diagnosed with and admitted to a “disability” with a casual relationship to the conduct issues via an independent medical report.

According to the agreement, the nurse agreed to comply with treatment recommendations.

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Furthermore, the nurse voluntarily agreed to the following terms:

  • Regular reports from treating physicians regarding compliance with treatment recommendations

  • Disclosure of treatment recommendations to relevant employer representatives

  • A limit impacting access to and handling narcotics, with concurrent medical monitoring, to support the stable return to fitness to practice

  • Limits on working overtime and night shifts and practicing in high acuity or critical care cases

  • Remedial education in documentation


The agreement will remain in place for a minimum of five years of continuous nursing practice.

According to the agreement, the nurse's name was withheld to protect the personal health information of the nurse.

The inquiry committee was satisfied that the terms will protect the public.



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